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Shoe-tossing Iraqi should go free

Nephews and a niece of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who ...

A brother of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his ...

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Above: Relatives of the Iraqi journalist who was sentenced to prison for having shown his shoes at then-U.S. “President” George W. Bush — in protest of the unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq — protest before and after his sentence by the puppet government in Baghdad today. Below: A video grab of Bush ducking one of the Iraqi journalist’s shoes at a press conference with the leader of Iraq’s puppet government, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in Baghdad in December. The Associated Press reports that a poll released today “found that 62 percent of Iraqis surveyed considered [the shoe-tossing journalist] a hero and only 24 percent considered him a criminal.”

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki tries to block US President ...

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Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the 30-year-old Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at then-U.S. “President” George W. Bush in protest during a press conference in Baghdad in December, has been sentenced to three years in prison by an Iraqi court for his defiant act of footwear hurling.

He should be set free.

George W. Bush is responsible for the wholly unnecessary deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians and more than 4,250 members of the American military as the result of his unelected regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War, yet not only does Bush remain free — and he very most likely won’t spend as much as a single fucking day in jail — but American taxpayers will finance his fucking retirement.

There is no fucking justice in a world in which a man who throws his shoes at some murderous dictator (and misses!) spends three years in prison, but the murderous dictator remains at large.

The United States of America has no fucking grounds upon which to lecture any other nation on the topic of justice until and unless traitor and war criminal George W. Bush and his fellow treasonous war criminals are brought to justice.

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Iraqi journalist hurls both shoes at ‘President’ Bush; misses, unfortunately

In this image from APTN video, a man, centre throws a shoe at ...

In this image from APTN video, a man, centre throws a shoe at ...

Video frame grab of U.S. President George W. Bush (L) ducking ...

In this image from APTN video, US President George W. Bush, ...

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki tries to block US President ...

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An Iraqi journalist threw both of his shoes at “President” Bush during a press conference in Iraq today. Bush successfully ducked both shoes. “In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt,” The Associated Press notes. The AP also reports that the Iraqi journalist had shouted to Bush in Arabic, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog!”  before he tossed his shoes, adding, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!” (Reuters quotes the journalist as having said in Arabic, “This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog!”) In Islamic culture, dogs are considered to be dirty. I’m a dog lover, so I think of Bush as a swine, which also is considered dirty in Islamic culture, although swine are believed to be pretty smart, so that comparison doesn’t completely fit Bush, either…

So why didn’t something like this (must-see video clip) happen years ago?

Oh, well; better late than never, and anyway, this has made my day.

“President” Bush dared to show his face in Iraq, the nation that his unelected war-mongering and war-profiteering regime raped, pillaged and plundered, causing the deaths of at least tens of thousands of Iraqis. (Oh, did I mention the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors?)

Bush is damned fucking lucky that having had to duck flying shoes is all that happened to him in Iraq.

For his treason (stealing a presidential election and starting a bogus war for the war profits* of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp certainly qualify as treason in my book) and his crimes against humanity — he is responsible for the wholly unnecessary deaths of more than 4,200 members of the U.S. military in Vietraq as well as the deaths of at least tens of thousands of Iraqis — Bush deserves to be pelted to death with a whole fucking lot of shoes.

They hanged Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his mass murder, and in Bush’s home state of Texas, if you kill just one person you are likely to be executed for murder, especially if you aren’t white.

But if you’re a white mass-murdering dictator from Texas, you’re going to get off scot-free.

*The illegal, immoral, unjust and wholly unnecessary Vietraq War has cost American taxpayers more than $575 billion. Meanwhile, our schools and infrastructure continue to crumble, millions have inadequate health care, and our economy continues to tank. The unelected Bush regime has done far more damage to our nation that our enemies, real or fabricated, ever could have done.

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